Four days is too long to have left a Manhattan sidewalk covered in ice. That's the ruling from the Appellate Division, First Division, which reinstated a woman's lawsuit against New York City and the landowners.
The plaintiff filed the lawsuit after she slipped and fell in 2008 on a patch of ice that was one-inch thick on a sidewalk in Harlem. Court filings show that the woman had a meteorologist submit an affidavit that showed snowfall in the area four days before the accident and that the ice would have formed two days before she was injured. The plaintiff alleged, as did a witness, that the private landowners or the city had ample time to remove the ice that built up on the sidewalk.